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There are two diverse  types  of ministries present onthe earth today:    the  ministry  of angels  and  the ministry   of believers.

The subject of angels is one about which  little is said. The Bible, however, is not silent concerning them. The Psalms tell us of their ministry of protection of God’s  children:  “The angel of   the   Lord   encampethround   about them   that   fear him,   and delivereth   them”(Psalm  34:7).  “For   he   shall give   his angels charge over thee,  to keep  thee  in all thy ways. They  shall  bear thee up in their  hands,  lest  thou  dash thy foot againsta  stone” (Psalm 91:11, 12).

As a child  of God,  you can  expect His angels to minister to you. “Be  not forgetful  to   entertain   strangers: for  thereby some have entertained  angels  unawares” (Hebrews 13:2).

When  Lucifer fell from heaven he took one-third of the angels  with him, and they  became the foul demons of hell. The remaining two-thirds  of heaven’s angels are still actively working   for  God,    frequently manifesting  their  ministry to people today.  They do the Lord’s  work on earth when man’s ability is limited.

Often man’s ability is limited by his own ignorance. This is where the ministry of believers comes in. First, youmust learn what your rights to minister are, and then you must put them into practice.

It is the believer’s  responsibility to know what the Word of God says about his rights;  it is his privilege to exercise those rights, to use the promises in God’s   Word as his strength for any situation. The tools  of a Christian are prayer and praise, used in faith and with boldness.

Discover  what  your  rights  are in  Jesus and  live  a successful,  powerful,  victorious life.

The ministry of angels has never been given a very large place  in  Christianity  since the time of  the   Reformation. However,    the  Bible contains    many   references  to  angelic ministries.   The  Old  Testament gives  many examples of angelic  visits as well as teaching   and promise regarding this subject. Angels ministered where man’s strength and ability were limited.

In the Gospels there are numerous  references to angels. Angels  visited  Mary and  Joseph.  Angels announced theMessiah’s birth,  and at His resurrection they rolled away the stone. They ministered to Jesus in the wilderness. They stood beside the disciples   following the Lord’s   ascension   and told them He  was coming back   in like manner as they had seen Him go away.

In the  Book  of Acts  we read how an angel opened the prison and  delivered the apostles,  telling them,    “Go,   stand and  speak  in the  temple  to the  people  all the  words of this  life” (Acts  5:20). It was an angel who   supernaturally transported Philip  from Samaria to Gaza   (Acts 8). It was an  angel who opened the prison  and set   Peter  free (Acts 12). Throughoutthe Book of Acts the  ministry of angels is evident.

The  Book  of Acts represents the  first  33 years of the Church’s    ministry,    and  is the guideline   for 20th century Christians. What took place then we have a right to expect today.

In the Book of Acts we see the mighty works of the Spirit through  the  ministry of the apostles. The instrument theyused was the Word of God. The power behind the Word which produced   miracles  was the name of Jesus. The ability came through the indwelling  presence of the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 1:14  informs us  that angels  are  ministering spirits,  sent forth to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit   salvation.  The    conversion    of  Ed   Nelson  is   a remarkable example of the intervention of angels to reach onewhowas seemingly destined for a Christless grave.

The  Ministry of  Angels

Ed had  always been a hard drinker. One night he was kicked   outof a saloon in  South  Boston after the disgusted bartender  told him to  go  drown  himself.  Discouraged   and broken, Ed  walked  down  to the wharf  and leaped into the water.

When he came to the surface he felt a strong hand grip him by the shoulders and lift him bodily out of the water. Not a  word was spoken.  The stranger pushed him  toward the land,  but Ed struggled free and jumped into the water again.

Once again these same strong hands  grasped him,   lifted him out of the water,  and this time ledhimto shore.

Ed knew he had been rescued by an  angel.  Even in his despondent    drunken  state he knew that a mighty,    unseen force was at work in  his life. Bewildered by his  miraculous rescue, he returned to the saloon. But not to drink. He onlystood by the stove until his clothes were dry and pondered hislife.

The next night Ed went to a local mission and  gave his heart to Christ.

Ed  Nelson’s    testimony   is  a  remarkable   story  of  the ministry  of angels today. This man was later greatly used of God in singing gospel songs and vividly sharing the amazing story of his rescue by an angel.

One  of the greatest ministries to be raised up by God in this century    was that  of William W. Freeman—a    ministry born entirely of the supernatural power of God. An  ordinary pastor,   William Freeman  would probably never have beenknown outside his owncircle had  it not been for the angelic visitation which  changed his life—and  ultimately mine.

William Freeman tells of it in this way:

“In the light,   an angel suddenly appeared. He was large and  wore a white robe. His  appearance was strong and  his vision penetrating. He touched my body and then told me that God had sent him to give me a gift of healing. I was to go to His people and warn them, tell them that Jesus was coming very soon and that they were sleeping and slumbering. They

The Ministry  of Angels and  Believers

must be awakened,   for great darkness was already upon theland. I was told that I should be diligent  and faithful  and make haste. He then told me the way I would know when people were being healed.”

In almost  every  prayer  of deliverance  for the afflicted, Freeman  would remind the Lord “what the  angel  said  and told me.”

God also   gave him  visions of vast auditoriums in  many parts of the world  that would be filled. Later when we walked into an empty auditorium  prior to a meeting he would say, “Yes, this will be filled. God showed me it would be filled.”

In 1nine4nine God  spoke  to William Freeman concerning me: “Invite Don Gossett to travel with you in your ministry,  for he will do you good.” So it was that for seven years of my young life I traveled with this man who had been visited by angels. Together we saw thousands  saved and healed through  this miraculous  ministry.